Turning – May 1-May 29, 2015 FINA Gallery, UBC Okanagan


Turning is an interactive exhibition with performance components offered in conjunction with the graduate students’ conference, Experiencing engagement, engaging experiments. The exhibition is comprised of four experimental works in the gallery, an eco-art workshop, a work-in-progress performance and a walk and talk on the campus grounds.

The word “turning” suggests a kind of movement that is not linear, but rather something that arcs, bends or circles. In the context of the work presented, it could simply refer to the spinning of wheels, gears, letters or hard drives. Turning may also be the orientation of bodies in space, changing direction, turning around or turning away. Through narrative turning takes on the qualities of transformation and becoming. What are we, as humans, turning into?

Jeannette Angel – curator


The following text, written by students and collaborators, give a context for each of the works as well as providing a sense of how the creators are experimenting and what they are engaging with.


Building Future – Table

Elias Wardle: 3d environment design, programming, interaction design and concept design; Alecia Klassen: design of table graphics ; June Shiengchin: 3d modeling, concept research and design; Dustin Mellus: concept design, table and chair construction; Aleksandra Dulic, project supervisor, VISA 265 course instructor

Building Future – Table conveys different facets of sustainability knowledge in an approachable, exploratory manner. It demonstrates the need for humans to be intentional and active in making decisions about the future of the Okanagan.


Building Future – Bike

June Shiengchin: Animation, graphic design; Dustin Mellus: Concept design, graphic design; Elias Wardle: Programming, interaction design; Aleksandra Dulic, project supervisor, VISA 265 course instructor

Building Future – Bike suggests that the “default” path for humanity, as it has been going throughout modern history, will ultimately lead to un-sustainability unless we take action to change our habits and mindsets. In this work we focus on changing our ideas around transportation and propose alternative ways to travel around urban environments rather than relying on one car per person.


The Earth Reclaimed Her

She came back thru the mud.

Mariel Belanger

This is the story of the Dreamer, The Dress and Fox.

This installation is part of a larger project that is a statement on identity, skin, what we wrap ourselves in. So, from rejecting urban living, the artist sets out in her most urbanized look to walk home. The long walk, the walk of shame, the Trail of Tears. This reclaimed dress shares the story of the Dreamer some of her most important teachings and near misses on her journey home around contemporary issues such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, The rape of Mother Earth, the Dreamer being not white enough, finding her way back to self through cultural practice.



Matt Fritter

Forum is an interactive installation that brings together art, psychology, and computer science to experiment with the construction of our digital identities and the power of anonymity in digital interactions. The installation seeks to engage participants through questions about personal views, experiences, and knowledge, while also allowing participants to see the resulting progression of the piece – a creation shaped almost entirely through user input. The project is inspired by the Read-Only Memory Constructs of William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer (1984) – a non-intelligent system designed to simply mimic the personality and practical knowledge of a person.


 Daylighting the Classroom: Sensory Exploration Workshop

Shimshon Obadia

I don’t know a world without the Internet. So when I noticed that my students were standing beside a beautiful creek side and they were ‘Snapchatting’ on their smartphones with classmates less than a meter away from me, why did I leap to the conclusion that they were using the technology to escape rather than engage with their immediate environment? As it turned out, they were ‘Snapchatting’ about the creek we were working on in that class. This experience prompted me to delve deeper into this workshop’s theme, the sensorial connection between the human and the more-than-human through technology. Using our smartphones, we’ll learn in, and collaborate with, the natural world, discovering the more-than-human members of our community.


Untitled One

Özgül Akıncı, Ruth Bieber, and Ayumi Goto

This performance explores the mothering relationship. Over the past several months, through spontaneous and responsive movements, the collaborators have been developing embodied interrogations of the nurturing and neuroses that emerge in the intensity of maternalized care. In this work-in-progress performance, they present a culmination of their collaboration, and invite the audience to consider with them the limits and bounds that centralize certain expectations of motherhood, and the consequences of those expectations that become imbedded and mapped onto women’s bodies.


Walk and Talk

Jeannette Angel: artist walk; Kristin Aleklett: biology talk

Walk and Talk offers participants an exploration of the campus through physical, poetic and exploratory experiences in order to open up a discussion on how meanings are constructed and the way in which metaphors are deployed. Artist-scholar Jeannette Angel asks, what are the smells, the sights, the sounds, and the touch of a sustainable campus?  Biologist Kristin Aleklett shows how plants are superorganisms, hosting so many bacteria and fungi that it is sometimes hard to distinguish where the plant ends and its microbial inhabitants begin. Who are they, where did they come from, and are they more manipulative than we might think?


Special Thanks: Centre for Culture and Technology; Kaila Burke; Aleksandra Dulic; David Kadish; Shauna Oddleifson